As any true watch enthusiast knows, the Omega Speedmaster achieved instant icon status when NASA certified it for spaceflight in the 1960s. Omega was awarded mission-critical stature solely on merit following a brutal round of tests. Now the legendary Swiss brand has equipped its heritage Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch models with a new movement and fine-tuned aesthetic details that make it more desirable than ever.
Eight new Moonwatch models will now be powered by Omega's Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861 movement, which remains unaffected by the most extreme magnetic interference, reaching 15,000 gauss. "Master Chronometer" designates "the highest standard of precision and performance in the Swiss watch industry," Omega notes.
The Moonwatch models are distinguished by vintage details referencing the model worn by Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969, including the classic asymmetrical case, step dial, double-bevel caseback, and iconic dot over 90 (DON) and dot diagonal to 70 on the aluminum bezel ring—dating from the era when astronauts would use their "Speedy" to help navigate in space.
Moonwatch variants, all sized at 42mm, now run the gamut from the original stainless steel, priced starting at about $6,500, up to Omega's proprietary 18K Sedna gold (up to about $35,000) or 18K Canopus gold, priced at up to about $48,000.
As Omega President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann notes: “When updating a sacred timepiece like the Speedmaster Moonwatch, every detail must be true to its original spirit. This chronograph is recognized the world over, so we’ve approached its design with the most sincere respect, while taking its movement to the next level.”
More than ready for the next lunar mission, we'd say.